October 5, 2015

Thierry de Duve and Armen Avanessian

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Thierry de Duve. Photo: Lisa Blas, 2015.

This fall, the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program at CalArts is delighted to welcome fall 2015 Theorist-in-Residence, art theorist Thierry de Duve. As Theorist-in-Residence, de Duve will give two public lectures.

Lecture 1: “Le sens de la famille: Aesthetics as the Transcendental Ground of Democracy”
Wednesday, November 4, 8pm
CalArts Campus, Butler Building #4

Lecture 2: “Art as Symbol of the Politically Good”
Friday, November 6, 4:30pm
REDCAT (tickets required)

Thierry de Duve is Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, New York, and was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University for the fall semester of 2013. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism (1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). In 2013–14, he published six essays in Artforum, which he will gather in a book tentatively titled Duchamp’s Telegram. He is presently finishing a book of essays on aesthetics, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

We are also pleased to welcome Armen Avanessian as a Visiting Faculty for fall 2015.

Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris. After completing his dissertation in literature, he worked at the Free University Berlin from 2007-2014. He has previously been a Visiting Fellow in the German Department at Columbia University and in the German Department at Yale University and visiting professor at various art academies in Vienna, Nuremberg and Basel. He is editor-in-chief at Merve Verlag Berlin. In 2012, he founded a bilingual research platform on Speculative Poetics, including a series of events, translations, and publications:

The MA Aesthetics and Politics program encourages interrogations of the arts and politics in an expanded field. Students specialize in Critical Theory, Global Studies, or Media and Urban Studies and get up close and personal with key contemporary artists and thinkers.

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2015. Apply here.

Financial aid packages are available in the form of scholarships, grants, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

For general questions, or to schedule an information session, please contact Admissions Counselor Seth Blake at [email protected] or T +1 661 253 7716.

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